McKinnonNEWS

27 March 2017
Issue Four
DATES TO REMEMBER
PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS' REPORT
LANGUAGES
SPORT NEWS
LEARNING MATTERS
MUSIC NEWS
ICT
LIBRARY REPORT
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE ARTS
SCHOOL INFORMATION
COMMUNITY NEWS/ADVERTISEMENTS
McKinnon Secondary College
03 8520 9000
McKinnon Road
McKinnon, Victoria, 3204
AU

DATES TO REMEMBER

MARCH

Thursday 23 March

State Sailing Championships

Intermediate Round Robin

 

Friday 24 March

State Sailing Championships

 

Saturday 25 March

State Sailing Championships

Central Australia Tour (13 days) (Group 1 departs)

 

Sunday 26 March

Central Australia Tour (13 days) (Group 2 departs)

German exchange departs

 

Monday 27 March

Year 10 Work Experience (5 days)

Senior Round Robin

7:00pm 9UP Presentations

 

Tuesday 28 March

7:00pm 9UP Presentations

7:00pm Finance Sub-Committee

7:30pm School Council

 

Wednesday 29 March

7:00pm Year 12 Theatre Studies Production

 

Thursday 30 March

7:00pm Year 12 Theatre Studies Production

 

Friday 31 March

7:00pm Year 12 Theatre Studies Production

Period 1: Peer Support – Session 7

Year 8 Sport Survivor

Term 1 concludes

EARLY FINISH 2:30pm

APRIL

Friday 14 April

Good Friday

 

Monday 17 April

Easter Monday

 

Tuesday 18 April

Term 2 Commences

 

Wednesday 19 April

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences

 

Thursday 20 April

9:30am Late Start

Symphonic Wind Band Rehearsal Camp

 

Friday 21 April

Symphonic Wind Band Rehearsal Camp

Peer Support – Session 8

 

Saturday 22 April

Symphonic Wind Band Rehearsal Camp

 

Tuesday 25 April

ANZAC DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY

 

Wednesday 26 April

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

7:00pm Year 11 Theatre Studies Performance

 

Thursday 27 April

7:00pm Vocal Night

 

Saturday 29 April

German Exchange returns

 

PRINCIPAL'S REPORT

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

 

MEDIA STATEMENT FROM NICK STAIKOS, MP MEMBER FOR BENTLEIGH

Below is the Media Statement and a video link released on Friday by Mr Nick Staikos MP Member for Bentleigh – March 2017

 

We are so very thrilled and excited with the prospect of another site becoming available for our community.  We look forward with great hope and optimism.

 

“Virginia Park in East Bentleigh, as well as the old brakes manufacturer next door, is around 24 hectares of land, which its owners are seeking to redevelop.

 

It will be up to locals to judge the merits of the owners’ plans, but I believe this presents our community with a unique opportunity to plan for a new school – an opportunity we will probably never see again.

 

People move into our area because we have fantastic local schools.

 

This is a great thing, but it means that demand for our local schools is growing rapidly.

 

I’m determined to maintain the stellar quality of our local schools, so I believe that school needs should be factored into this new development.

 

Given the significant enrolment pressures faced by McKinnon Secondary College, it is worth seriously considering the need for a second campus.

 

Next week in Parliament, I will ask the Minister for Education to ensure the Victorian School Building Authority works closely with the owners of the precinct to secure land for a future school.

 

The first step is to fund the planning and design work to work closely with the local community and local schools on what a new campus should look like, and I will be seeking this funding through the current Budget process.

 

I am proud that the Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State.

 

It has been my greatest pleasure as your local MP to secure funding for our local schools.

 

This year, we will commence construction of new buildings at a number of our local schools, including Bentleigh Secondary College, McKinnon Secondary College, Tucker Road Primary School and more.

 

But with McKinnon Secondary College currently accommodating nearly 2200 students on one site, it is important that we also look to the future.

 

This is an exciting opportunity and I wanted you to hear it from me first”.

 

https://www.facebook.com/NickforBentleigh/videos/1412606048762830/

ANNUAL REPORT PUBLIC MEETING

The Annual Report Public Meeting was held last Tuesday night at the College. We are very pleased to report McKinnon Secondary College continues to build on its strengths in academic performance and student well-being. We are very grateful to the parents who attended this meeting and thank them for their contribution to the college. I would like to acknowledge and thank Mr Kan for his efforts in preparing the Annual Report for 2016. The report will be presented to School Council and will then be available on the college website at www.mckinnonsc.vic.edu.au

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

On Wednesday 8 March we celebrated International Women's Day. It was my absolute pleasure, along with Ms Andrieux and Ms Felmingham, to accompany our Year 12 leaders Amber Irving, Monica Tran, Grace Mackay, Tara Fellini, Bridget Schwerdt and Kya Kahan-Taylor to the International Women's Day Breakfast hosted by Women in Rotary. The topic was ‘Women Leaders: What does it take?’. The inspiring words from speakers such as Kitty Chiller, Susan Alberti and Elida Brereton were a highlight and resonated with all of us.

With the international theme of ‘Be Bold For Change’, Glen Eira City Council also held a community lunch, where Ms Fellmingham accompanied Year 12 students Bella Lignos, Jasmine Brown, Keeley Dang and Savanna Wegman who had the opportunity to hear Mariam Issa speak on the challenges that she has had to overcome as a refugee relocating to Australia, and the initiatives she has developed to connect women from all backgrounds to our community. The students left feeling empowered with a strong message of equality being something to continually work towards.

 

VICTORIAN SCHOOLS SPORTS AWARDS

Last week I was fortunate to be invited to attend the Victorian School Sports Awards held at the MCG.

 

Our Saxophone Quartet played, so thank you Angela Chen, (who also sang the National Anthem), Sean Malton, Jessie Park and Callum Charles who were accompanied by Mr West. They were very impressive and I thank them for being wonderful ambassadors.

 

Receiving official Awards, we had the very talented Shubham Bhargave for cricket. He received a Victorian Blue Spot Award (only 50 were given Statewide) and many top sporting success stories have begun with this award. Of course, the MCG is his playing field so he was very much at home. We look forward to his future success. 

 

Also receiving an award was Ben Howell, Class of 2016, who won the Outstanding Sporting Achievement Award. Ben has represented Australia in 3 International tournaments in 2016 winning 3 Gold and 3 Bronze medals. Ben is ranked Australia’s Best Junior Men’s Indoor Archer and 3rd best in his field. He has his sights set on the Australian Archery team and we wish him well also.

Both Ben and Shubham are a credit to their families, our school and themselves. Congratulations to both boys, they are indeed superstars in their fields!

 

I thank Mrs Hooper for putting together the nomination for us to recognize their sporting achievements.

Pi DAY 2017

On Tuesday 14 March, McKinnon celebrated Pi Day with the annual Pi Reciting Competition. We had class champions from all Mathematics classes battle it out to recite as many decimal places of the irrational number pi as they could to determine overall year level champions. Our jaw dropping moment of the day was when a Year 12 student, Andy Zhan from Chisholm who recited 603 places. This is an unbelievable achievement and will be a hard to beat. Well Done Andy!

Thank you to Ms Mauger and Ms Krommydas for organizing such a fun mathematical experience.

YEAR 7 CAMP

Congratulations to our Year 7 students on a most successful camp. The students energetically and enthusiastically participated in all activities. They encouraged each other and as a group were friendly, cooperative and interacted very well. I hope this sets them up with wonderful lifelong friendships formed at school.

I would like to acknowledge and thank Mrs Sargent, Mr Rood and Ms Ford for their tremendous effort in organising such a wonderful experience to assist the transition of our students. Thank you to the office staff for their assistance, to Mr McLeod and all the other staff for their willingness to attend the camp and who ensured our students were left with very fond memories of their very first camping experience in secondary school.

CENTRAL AUSTRALIA TRIP

On Saturday 25 March and Sunday 26 March two separate groups totalling 176 Year 10 students and 14 staff will be departing for the 2017, 12-day Central Australian Tour.

 

I wish them all an unforgettable adventure and know they will return with wonderful stories and very fond memories.

 

There is an enormous amount of time and energy that goes into organising a tour like this and I would like to thank Mr Blackmore, Ms Nicholls and Mr McConnon for their efforts. I am sure all staff and students will enjoy this amazing adventure and we look forward to the trip being showcased at Assembly.

KINGSTON DIVISION SWIMMING FINALS

On Thursday 9 March the McKinnon swimming team set out to defend the title of Kingston Division champions. 

 

At the end of the day we won the Junior and Intermediate boys pennants, however we fell short of winning the day finishing second overall.

 

We wish students progressing through for both swimming and diving at the Southern Metropolitan Finals all the best.

HOUSE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Congratulations to all involved in the 2017 House Music Festival. I especially would like to pay tribute to the House Music Captains for their commitment, enthusiasm and talent. The level of participation and commitment by so many students all term has been inspirational to watch!

The evening was electric and the atmosphere demonstrated the incredible dedication by all the students involved. I thank the families, friends and all school staff who came along to support those involved. There were many ex-McKinnon students in attendance and this created a strong sense of community and wonderful House spirit.

 

Thank you also to Ms Theresa Ford and all other Music staff involved for their guidance.

 

Congratulations to MONASH for their very impressive win!!

McKINNON SECONDARY COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM

The McKinnon Football Team is up and running and as one of only two government schools in the entire Victorian Amateur Football League (VAFA). We are very excited and wish them all the best for the coming season. The first game of the home and away season is on Saturday 8 April, so we hope to see as many people at Packer Park in Carnegie to cheer the team on.

 

UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS – TERM 2

All students are required to wear full winter uniform from the beginning of Term 2. It is unacceptable for the students to be in breach of the school uniform requirements.

 

We thank parents, on whom we rely, to assist us by ensuring their children wear the uniform appropriately.

CONGRATULATIONS

Lachie Edis (Year 9) is one of the 23 boys to be chosen for this international production of Lord of the flies and will be performing in all 6 shows at the Arts Centre in the first week of the school holidays.

We congratulate Lachie on this wonderful achievement and wish him great success.  This may be the beginning of a whole new career!

END OF TERM

We are now at the end of Term 1, 2017.  It has by all accounts been a very successful and smooth start to our calendar year.

 

I thank staff for their professionalism and commitment to making our school great, the parents for their confidence and continued support, and the children for being who they are!!!

 

It is such a pleasure to be a part of this school community.

ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS' REPORT

 

YEAR 7 AND 9 NAPLAN TESTS

On Tuesday 9 May, Wednesday 10 May and Thursday 11 May our Year 7 and Year 9 students will be undertaking the NAPLAN tests. NAPLAN (National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy) tests are conducted by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). There are five tests in total, including an assessment of students’ writing skills, use of language conventions, a reading test and two numeracy assessments.

 

There will be more information on the specific requirements of these tests in the first newsletter of Term 2.

 

For further information please access the NAPLAN website: http://www.naplan.edu.au

& VCAA’s NAPLAN page: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/prep10/naplan/index.html

WINTER UNIFORM

Families are reminded that all students should be in full winter uniform from day one of Term 2. School blazers must be worn to and from school. It is also important to note that nail polish and facial piercings are not acceptable at school. Thank you to all families for your continued support of our uniform policy.

APPROVING STUDENT ABSENCES

PARENT-TEACHER-STUDENT CONFERENCES

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences will be held on Wednesday 19 April from 10:15am to 8:30pm. No classes will be conducted on this day, however, students are required to attend these conferences in full school uniform. Bookings can now be made on Compass. When making bookings, we encourage parents to leave 5 minutes between each interview to enable you to move between locations. The location of each teacher can be seen at the bottom of the bookings screen, which may also be of assistance when planning your interviews.

 

These valuable conversations make a significant contribution to maximising students’ academic performance, as we celebrate students’ successes and discuss strategies for further improvement. Feedback and results from assessment tasks in Term 1 are being posted on Compass Learning Tasks, and we encourage all students and parents to read this information prior to attending the interviews. Bookings will close on Tuesday 18 April.

 

If, by chance, your child has two different subjects with the same teacher, please ensure you book two separate interviews to allow ample time to discuss their progress.

 

Finally, please note the Careers Advisor, Eddie Mest, will also be available on this day for meetings with parents of students in Years 9-12.  If you’re interested, please email Eddie on [email protected] to organise a time.

 

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 19 April.

LANGUAGES

MCKINNON STUDENTS LEAVING FOR GERMAN EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On Sunday 26 March, 21 McKinnon students will meet the participating students from Luther College at the airport for their return trip to Germany. This exchange program has been organised with other participating schools for 18 years. 

 

The students are already very excited about their departure and have been preparing themselves for their time overseas in class and in additional lunchtime meetings. Ms Fowler and Mr Kan, our Assistant Principal, will accompany this group with two staff from Luther College, Miss Michelle Short and Mr Rohan Ware. Mr Nutting will join us in Germany during the Easter holidays as Mr Kan needs to return to Melbourne earlier.

 

We wish all participants a safe trip and an enjoyable time in Germany. 

 

Andrea Fowler

Head of Languages

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

The French Film Festival is currently running in Melbourne and the two Year 10 French classes made the most of the opportunity by attending a student screening of "Un sac de billes" on Friday 17 March at the Como Cinema in South Yarra.

 

The film is set in France during the Second World War and follows the experiences of a Jewish family living in Paris. Two brothers are forced to leave Paris and their family to find protection in the south of France. It is based on an autobiography written by Joseph Joffo.

Our students, along with students from several other schools, were quite moved by the story and were very glad to have seen the film. As the two brothers spend some time in Nice, it was particularly interesting to see some of the sites that many of these students will visit themselves when they travel to France at the end of the year.

 

Thank you to Mme Antal for organising the excursion and to Ms Dickson for accompanying the group. Thanks also to the students whose behaviour was impeccable.

 

NEW CALEDONIA PARENT INFORMATION EVENING

On Wednesday 15 March, we hosted a Parent Information Evening about our optional New Caledonia Language and Cultural Tour for Year 9 students of French. The week-long tour will take place in the final week of Term Three, departing Monday 18 September. The evening was run by Ms Kellie Dickson and a representative from the tour company, GET Educational Tours, Melissa Grima. Ms Grima provided information about her company, the services they offer and about the tour: itinerary, host-stay family arrangements, language immersion classes and the 'living lessons outside of the classroom experience'.

 

One of our students who participated in this trip last year, Jack Dunn, shared his experiences and offered some insight and advice from a student's point of view. He talked about how incredible the trip was and said that it is one of his highlights of his schooling to date.

 

Parents and students seemed very excited and had lots of questions. To apply for the program, a $300 non-refundable deposit must be paid by Thursday 30 March. For more information, please contact Ms Dickson on [email protected]

 

Kellie Dickson

Organiser – New Caledonia Tour/French Teacher

SPORT NEWS

SWIMMING - KINGSTON DIVISION

On Thursday 9 March the McKinnon swimming team set out to defend the title of Kingston Division Champions. 

There were some outstanding results on the day, including:

 

- Aaron Khominsky won 4 gold medals and Age Group Champion;

- Will Sharp won an incredible 7 Gold Medals and Age Group Champion;

- Maya Hammam won 5 Gold Medals and Age Group Champion;

- 17 swimmers qualified for the Southern Metropolitan Finals. 

 

All students really tried hard and made sure we had swimmers in all events.

 

At the end of the day we won the Junior and Intermediate Boys Pennants, however we fell short of winning the day finishing second overall to Brighton Secondary College.

 

We wish students progressing through for both swimming and diving at the Southern Metropolitan Finals all the best.

 

Tim Blackwood

Coach

KINGSTON INTER ROUND ROBIN

On the Thursday 23 March, Term 1 Kingston Inter Round Robin took place at a variety of venues across Melbourne. Winners of the Kingston Division progress into Southern Metro Finals during next term. Thanks to all the players for representing the school on the day and the coaches for giving up their time.

Team                       Position          Coach

Boys Baseball      4th                     Mr Farthing

Girls Softball        1st                      Mr Bridges

Girls Volleyball    A-2nd, B-1st   Mr DeSalvo

Boys Volleyball   A-5th                 Mr Braniska

Boys Tennis          A-3rd, B-2nd  Mr Weingarten

Girls Tennis           A-4th, B-7th    Mr Kurowski

 

James Bridges

Head of Sport

LAWN BOWLS: YEAR 8 FRIDAY PERIODS 5 & 6 AT COATESVILLE

The Year 8 Lawn Bowls sport is run at Coatesville each week.

We are fortunate enough to be coached by an ex McKinnon Secondary College student, Matt James who has been very successful at bowling; winning many tournaments. Another McKinnon Secondary College “Success Story” as Matt was introduced to bowls via our sports program.

 

Benn Buntman

Teacher in Charge

Year 8 Lawn Bowls

 

The photo depicts the Year 8 Term 1, 2017 Lawn Bowls group run by Benn Buntman and coached by Matt James (ex McKinnon Secondary College student).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEARNING MATTERS

2017 HAS KICKED OFF BRILLIANTLY IN BYTES FOR THE YEAR 9s

BYTES is compulsory subject for Year 9 students that focuses on developing skills that may not be taught explicitly in other subjects. BYTES builds skills in communication, team management, planning, creativity and digital literacy. These skills will be the key to their achievement in later studies as well as the bedrock of students’ employability in our fast changing job market.

 

In BYTES, students undertake three compulsory modules (9UP, Sex, Drugs & Rock n Roll and Community) and two electives.

 

The year begins with 9UP (Year 9 Urban Project). 9UP is regularly identified by students as a highlight to their year. This sees students undertake an intensive group research project on a key societal issue of their choice. Some topics this year include: “increased automation in the workplace”, “the gender pay gap”, “graffiti vs street art”, “euthanasia” and “the impact of domestic violence on the community”.

Year 9 students spent three days in the city in late February and early March gathering data on Melbournians attitudes to their topic. Most groups have surveyed over 300 members of the public and interviewed experts in their field - giving them a great source of data.

 

They are currently working feverishly in their groups undertaking secondary research, collating and analysing their data to find trends and differences in attitudes between gender, age, education of respondents and other key factors. They are also working in their teams to assign roles and report to their group on their progress in building presentations, creating graphs to visualise their findings and drawing links between their research and other sources they have found. This process is developing analysis, creative problem solving, communication and team management skills - invaluable skills in senior school and in later life.

 

Students will present their findings in groups in formal presentations to staff, parents, families and their peers on Monday 27 or Tuesday 28 March from 7pm in the Hall, Music Auditorium, the MERC or the Library. All parents, families and staff are invited to attend to appreciate the level of effort and analysis students have put in over the term.

 

Mr David Machin

Bytes Coordinator

MUSIC NEWS

END OF TERM

As the end of term approaches, we reflect on an incredibly busy and musical few months it has been.

RECENT PERFORMANCES

Congratulations to the Saxophone Quartet (Callum Charles, Angela Chen, Jessie Park and Sean Malton) and Mr Martin West for their outstanding performance at the Victorian School Sports Awards held at the MCG on Tuesday 14 March. The level of musicianship was extremely high and demonstrated an ongoing of development.

 

Congratulations to the Senior Stage Band and Amy Thit for their performance at the General Assembly on Wednesday 15 March. The band provided a fantastic opening to the Assembly and thanks to all the members and to Mr Dmitry Serebrianik for his ongoing development of this group over this term.

Senior Stage Band also performed at the “Art in Tune” Arts Festival held at the Brighton Town Hall Gardens on Saturday 18 March. It was fantastic to see the group draw an audience over their 45 minutes set time. The level of musicianship was of a very high standard. Congratulations to all students for their ongoing musical development and Mr Dmitry Serebrianik for his commitment to the group.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER - REPORT FROM KATE COLLIER

Thanks to Kate Collier, Senior Singers Captain, for the following report about the World Day of Prayer:

On Friday March 3, the Senior Singers and some McKinnon Choir members attended the World Day of Prayer ceremony which was being held at the Salvation Army Citadel in Bentleigh. One by one the group arrived at 8:45am outside the citadel before getting ready for the performance/service. The group performed songs from this year's service order, which was focused on the Philippines, as well as performing a version of Amazing Grace and Halle, Halle with help from Angus Wood on the guitar. Students also sang solos and played percussion instruments. After the service we all were able to have a yummy morning tea with other people that were present before heading back to school for the last two periods. Overall the ceremony went very well.

HOUSE MUSIC

An amazing nights’ entertainment was had on Tuesday 21 March with the House Music Festival.  The House Music Festival was an incredible night and thank you to all staff, students (past and present), family and friends who joined us on this fabulous night.  Congratulations to all the Music House Captains for the amazing commitment they made in preparing their groups for this event.  The standard was incredibly high, and it is a pity that we could only have one winner. 

Congratulations to MONASH for their fantastic win.  Thanks to their music captains who led and developed this group - Captains: Vitor Fanstone, Arran Dunbar, Claire Pardo and Angela Chen. Thank you to our amazing adjudicators Charlotte Barker and Lachlan Mackay, your feedback was greatly appreciated.

Thank you also to the other amazing Music House Captains – Chisholm Captains: Michael Shaw, Chantelle Malton and Jasmine Yan; Flynn Captains: Matthew Simos, Matthew George, Arielle Cohen and Neg Hamedani Zadeh and Gilmore Captains: Andy Zhan, Darcy Doherty-Brown, Tess Hodgson and Jessie Park.

 

Finally thanks to Ms Theresa Ford and her continuing commitment to this festival. Her organisational skills, time and encouragement of all the houses is amazing and highly appreciated.  Without her fantastic leadership, this night would not be possible.

INSTRUMENTS

Another reminder to students and parents, that privately owned instruments that are brought to school should be clearly identified with the relevant student’s name and telephone number.

 

Hire fees for instruments provided through the school, can be paid through Compass.

 

We remind all students to use the shelving in the storeroom and to keep the space as tidy as possible.

PRACTICE DURING THE HOLIDAYS

The instrument storeroom will be closed at 4pm on the last day of term, Friday 31 March. We remind all students to take their instruments home to practice over the two-week break.

 

Remember to keep practising during the holidays.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Symphonic Wind Band Rehearsal Camp will be held April 20 - 22.

 

Here is advanced warning for all known dates during Term 2:

  • Vocal Night : Thursday 27 April
  • Open Night : Tuesday 2 May
  • Generations in Jazz  : Friday 5 – Sunday 7 May
  • Senior Music Concert : Wednesday 17 May
  • Year 12 Music Night : Wednesday 14 June
  • Junior Concert : Wednesday 28 June

Megan Papworth

Head of Music

ICT

BEBRAS CHALLENGE

Once again, McKinnon has had a large number of students taking part in the Bebras Challenge. All Year 7 students along with Year 9 Coding, Year 10 Systems and Year 10 ICT participated in the Australian Challenge along with 23,000 from all over the country. For those unfamiliar with this competition, Bebras is a computational thinking challenge that aims to engage students in problem solving through a fun and problem-orientated way. ‘Bebras’ is the Lithuanian word for ‘Beaver’ and this animal was chosen as the Bebras mascot because of its hard working and persistent nature. These are definitely attributes that are required to do well in any Bebras challenge. 

 

The following students have performed particularly well gaining Distinctions in their age group:

 

At Year 7:

Elan PINHASOV   07D

Jonah RUDZKI   07H

Daniel BRANDMAN   07C

Harry MILLS   07H

Ashton TURKOPP   07M

 

This is a great result at Year 7 as the challenge is set at Years 7-8 and these students will be competing against participants that are a full year older than them.

 

At Years 9-10:

Jared ABIDI   10ICT1

Sarah SULLIVAN   10ISY2

Jasper JORGENSEN   10ISY2

Jackson TONG   10ICT1

Jarryd HARRIS   09COD1

 

It is a great to see these students doing so well and a special mention to Jarryd who, like the Year 7s, would be competing against students a full year older than himself.

 

Shirley Munro

IT Teacher

LIBRARY REPORT

CBCA BOOK NOTABLES ANNOUNCED

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) have announced the list of Notable Books (also known as the Long List) for the 2017 CBCA Book of the Year Awards.

 

This year the judges noted the high quality of entries, with the highest number coming from the Younger Readers and Picture Book categories. They also noted that the theme of war had declined from previous years, and in the Early Childhood category, the emphasis was on animals and emotions.

 

'The creativity of our authors and illustrators continues to surprise and delight,’ said CBCA National Chair Professor Margot Hillel OAM. ‘Every year we are thrilled to see stories reflecting issues of relevance and importance that are sure to engage young Australian readers.'

 

Click here to see the list of books in the Older Readers category.

https://cbca.blob.core.windows.net/media/Default/Documents/Book%20of%20the%20Year/2017/OR%20Notable%20List4.pdf

 

Click here to see the winners from last year.

http://cbca.org.au/winners-2016

 

 

NEW E-BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY

When the library is closed please don’t forget you can still borrow e-books from the library webpage. Click on the attached link for the list of new titles recently added to the collection.

 

library attachment.docx

 

LIBRARY HOURS FOR 2017

The library is open to all students from 8:15am before school until the start of Period 1. The library stays open after school until 5:30pm Monday – Thursday and 4:30pm on Friday. 

 

Russell Absalom

Library Resource Manager

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE ARTS

TOP CLASS DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDIES – BIANCA PARDO

Congratulations to Bianca Pardo, who completed Year 12 Theatre Studies last year, and was chosen to perform in this year’s Top Class Drama and Theatre Studies program as part of the VCE Season of Excellence. Top Class is a series of concerts and performances of outstanding students in Arts fields such as Music, Dance, Drama and Theatre Studies. They feature inspirational performances by students who received outstanding grades for their 2016 VCE performance examinations.

Auditions were held in late January, and only 20 students were selected to perform their solos as presented in their October Performance exam. Bianca performed her monologue for Top Class Theatre Studies at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 March.

 

TOP DESIGNS EXHIBITION – MAGGIE ZHOU

Congratulations to Maggie Zhou, one of our Year 12 Media students from last year, who has been chosen to have her work exhibited in this year’s Top Designs exhibition. Top Designs showcases student works produced for their VCE in Arts fields such as Media, Food and Technology, Visual Communication and Design. All works are accompanied by folios and design plans that document the student’s development of ideas, production stages, client feedback and evaluation of results.

Maggie designed and produced a magazine, using an ex student, Isabella Salvatore, as the model on the front cover. You can see the Top Design exhibition at the Melbourne Museum in Carlton from Saturday 18 March – Sunday 16 July 2017.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD - JUNIOR SCHOOL

All visitors to the Arts Show Opening night held in November last year, were asked to vote for their favourite artwork in both the Junior and the Senior schools and the student who received the most votes wins the People’s Choice Award, which includes a cheque and a certificate.

 

A list of all the students who were voted for can be found HERE.

PeoplesChoiceNominations2016.pdf

Congratulations to all those students who received votes.

Congratulations to Maddie Axtens who worked really hard in Year 9 3D Art. Maddie designed and created this stunning mirror, and received the most votes for the People’s Choice for the Junior school.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD - SENIOR SCHOOL

Congratulations to Anika Duggan who received the most votes for the People’s Choice Award for the Senior School.

This very talented and hard-working student, not only managed to get her artwork shortlisted for the prestigious Top Arts exhibition this year, but she also won the People’s choice award in Year 9, Year 10 and now also in Year 11. Congratulations to a very worthy recipient.

 

 

2016 Arts Show Video Reel:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9ryodAW7pV2N29KTDJ4YnRyQnc/view?usp=sharing

 

Helen Kuriata

KLA Manager - Art

SCHOOL INFORMATION

GENERAL OFFICE

Office hours are:                        8:15am - 4:30pm

Telephone:                                                8520 9000

 

Parents should always make contact with the General Office first when visiting the school or trying to make contact with their children.

 

Appointments with teachers must be made via telephone or email them directly.

 

ABSENCES

Student absences should be reported to the school before 9:00am. Please email the Attendance Officer Alison Pollock

[email protected]) or telephone 8520 9050 on the day of the absence by 9:00am. 

 

A note on the day of return to the General Office is required for absences where no parent contact has been possible. 

 

LATE ARRIVAL TO SCHOOL

In order to minimise disruption to class and maximise learning opportunities for our students, we would like to remind you of the school policy regarding late arrival to school. Students are expected to be at school at 8:30am. A locker bell rings at 8:35am and class begins punctually at 8:50am. If your child is late for any reason, please notify the school by phone 8520 9050, email [email protected] or by writing a note in the student's diary explaining the reason. 

 

If no explanation has been received:

 

Students in Years 7 - 10 are withdrawn from class and given an after school detention for the following day;

 

Students in Years 11 and 12 are given a pass to class and an after school detention for the following day.

 

We appreciate your support in this. If you have any questions please call Alison on 8520 9050.

UNIFORM SHOP

Families are now able to order and purchase uniforms online. Ordered items can be collected from the Uniform Shop.  Please allow three working days for pick-up.  Please click on the attached link to order uniforms:

http://fcw.com.au/schools-online-shop/

Phone/Fax No:  9578 2151

 

Cheques must be payable to Fashion Clubwear.

 

NORMAL SHOP TRADING HOURS

Tuesdays                                     8:15am - 12 noon

Fridays                                        12:30pm - 4:00pm

1st Saturday every month    9:30am - 12 noon

 

SCHOOL HOLIDAY UNIFORM SHOP HOURS

Saturday 1/4             9:30am – 12:00noon

Tuesday 4/4              11:00am – 3:00pm

Tuesday 6/4              11:00am – 3:00pm

Tuesday 11/4            11:00am – 3:00pm

Thursday 13/4           11:00am – 3:00pm

 

*Due to Anzac Day the Uniform Shop will open on

Wednesday 26/4      8:15am – 12:00noon

LOST PROPERTY

Please ensure all school clothes, books and personal property are clearly labelled with the student’s name. Many items are not returned to their rightful owners because they are not labelled correctly or clearly.

 

USBs should include a folder with the student’s name and form to assist in returning it to the correct person. If you have lost anything see Mrs Plate in the Sick Bay during recess, lunch or end of day.

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CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION SUPPORT COURSE – CAULFIELD

Certificate of Education Support – Teacher’s Aide/Integration Aide is being offered at Monash University Caulfield Campus. You will gain the knowledge, skills and strategies to work as an aide in a primary, secondary or special school to support students with additional needs. The course is held on Saturdays and commences on 6 May 2017 (9am – 3:30pm). Please click on the link below for further information.

IATA Caulfield May2017_Flyer.pdf

 

FREE INFORMATION SESSION - MENS HEALTH FORUM

Bentmoor Men's Shed & Partners Present Positive Pathways, Mental Health/Wellbeing  Matters 2017, on Thursday 23 March at Bentleigh Secondary College, Performing Arts Centre, 4 Vivien Street, Bentleigh East, 3165. For Men & Women of all ages. Free BBQ from 5:30pm, Speakers from 6:30pm - 9:00pm. For further information please click on the attached link.

Glen Eira Men's Health Forum A 2017 v3.pdf

 

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